It is possibly the most repugnant piece of fiction in all of England. So why is Plumtree Press, one of the country's most respectable publishing houses, about to add the hotly controversial new novel to its list? Publisher Alex Plumtree isn't talking. Hardly anyone knows he has taken on the project as a favor to the Prime Minister.
Forget the bad press and hateful reviews. Alex swiftly finds himself on the wrong side of a lawsuit, bugged, betrayed, roughed up, and implicated in murder. Suddenly Alex doesn't know who to trust. For someone is clearly determined to stop the presses at any cost. The only thing Alex does know for certain is that going to press with this book may cost him more than just his reputation...it may cost him his life.
©1998 Julie Kaewert (P)2014 Audible Inc.
The first two books were good, but this was was a replica, with a few new characters thrown in. But, this time there was a political message which I didn't like.
The plot was almost exactly the same formula as the first two books, so this author
needs to create some new situations and get some new ideas for the plot.
Performance was just fine.
This book started out as a fun, reasonably sophisticated read involving the book business, hand printing, ancient hedges and modern British politics, but midway through the plot twists began to get increasingly preposterous and, with the return of the protagonist's American fiancee, the writing became soppy. The fiancee presented another problem as well: like most British readers, William Neenan is wonderful doing U.K. accents, but falls apart when it comes to imitating an American. Do they all base their American accents on 40s gangster movies?
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